Dump Corzine. Draft Bruce!

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It’s become increasingly clear that New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, a Democrat, is in big trouble in his re-election race against former US Attorney Chris Christie. Do Democrats really want to lose the governorship of an important state like New Jersey because they’re backing a weak, unpopular incumbent? Losing the race will undoubtedly be touted as a rebuke to President Barack Obama’s agenda. Thankfully, there’s a solution: it starts with a “B” and ends in a “ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce.” That’s right: Democrats should draft the Boss for governor.

It’s clear that Springsteen has a lot of sympathy for liberal causes—he may even be to the left of Corzine. The Boss campaigned hard for Obama, so Obama might be inclined to back him if he has to run as an independent (the primary already happened)—although I think that Corzine has enough good sense to pull an LBJ and decline to run if he sees that Bruce is getting in. Bruce is immensely qualified—he’s already been the Boss in New Jersey for decades. Being governor would simply formalize the arrangement. Springsteen also makes electoral sense—do you really think anyone is going to be able to beat Bruce Friggin Springsteen in New Jersey? Of course not.

Now, some of you might quibble and say that there’s no indication that the Boss is even interested in being governor. That, of course, is where you come in: some enterprising citizen should register DraftBruce.com and TheBossforNJ.net and so on and start the campaign to get Bruce to announce his candidacy. If everything goes as planned, Springsteen will crush Christie, spend a few years in charge of the Garden State, and then run for President. That way my real goal will be achieved: the Maxwell Sachel Weinberg vice-presidency. Also the Clarence Clemons-run Department of Defense.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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